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Quality Time

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Quality Time
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Few Good Notes
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Emit A1
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All Is Quiet
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Bop Boy
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Gather the Spirit
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 59:50

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When the student is ready


Mintzer is a great one to learn from. Not a bad listen but I prefer the other quartet album of his on E-Music, the one with Time After Time and his own comp., Aha.

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Excellent Mintzer


While Bob Mintzer may not be as flashy as a lot of players out there, he proves on this one that he has plenty of thoughtful ideas covering a wide variety of styles from straight ahead to funky groove to a bit of Yellowjackets to beautiful ballad playing. Admittedly his more thoughtful approach is a turn off to some people but I still have to rate him in my top ten favorite Tenor players (and undoubtedly my favorite Bass Clarinetists!) For an interesting Tenor Sax set try this one with Joe Farrel's "Vim n' Vigor" and Steps Ahead's "A Collection" w/ Michael Brecker

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Yellowjackets reedman Bob Mintzer, best-known outside that group for his big band recordings, steps out in a more straight-ahead jazz direction with Quality Time. Several of the tracks have a feel similar to the Yellowjackets acoustic work, while “All Is Quiet” sounds like a Coltrane ballad from the mid-’60s. On eight of the album’s ten tracks, Mintzer’s supporting cast includes pianist Phil Markowitz, bassman Jay Anderson and drummer Peter Erskine. The remaining two cuts are probably outtakes from recent Yellowjackets’ recording sessions, with Mintzer playing bass clarinet beside Russell Ferrante’s clavinet on the group-written “Emit A1,” and the quartet showing its acoustic chops on “Family.” Quality Time is more of a blowing session than the typical Yellowjackets disc, but the compositions and performances are every bit as high in quality. – Jim Newsom

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